MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The final Alabama school students are back home after being stranded overnight in classrooms and gymnasiums because of the winter storm.
The state Department of Education said Thursday the last of the students got home by 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The sudden ice storm that hit the state made it impossible for buses to take students home on Tuesday. Parents also were unable to get to schools because of treacherous road conditions, particularly in the Birmingham area.
Alabama School Superintendent Tommy Bice is praising teachers and school employees who cared for students overnight. Bice says those school employees are heroes.
About 11,000 students were stuck at public schools on Tuesday during the storm's peak. That number was down to 1,600 by Wednesday afternoon.